Dogs can have aches and pains in their bodies but can’t vocally communicate to the owners about their pain. The way they communicate pain is through the manifestation of the symptoms. Luckily, massage therapy for your dog will help reduce the pain and improve your dog’s overall wellbeing.
Why Dogs Get Aches and Pains
Just like people, a dog’s body can suffer aches and pains from too much physical activity or moving their bodies in the wrong way at some point. This pain can come from a dog’s muscles, tendons, or joints and need treatment to decrease the pain your dog feels.
When dogs exercise, their muscles produce lactic acid, just like humans. When that lactic acid builds up, it causes muscle tenderness and pain.
This muscle pain can happen in any dog on any part of its body. However, it mainly occurs in the larger muscle groups that dogs typically activate, like their legs, back or neck.
Tendons are the part of your dog’s body that connects the muscle to the bone. If your dog over stretches parts of its body, the tendon stretches as well. When the tendon stretches too much, it gets small tears and starts to swell (inflammation).
Strains can injure the tendons through too much exercise in a short amount of time or even accidents like slipping and falling or jumping a lot during playtime.
You will notice strain mostly in your dog’s hips and thighs.
Joint pain happens because of developmental issues or degenerative problems.
Developmental problems can be genetic, like hip or elbow dysplasia, or because of growth issues in puppies where their bones grow too fast or too slow for their bodies.
Degenerative problems usually occur in older dogs, of which the most common is arthritis.
Signs of a Dog’s Aches and Pains
The symptoms of aches and pains are:
- Stiffness in the body
- Difficulty getting up
- Swelling in the injured area
- Loss of appetite
- Redness in the joints
When you notice any of these, consider giving your dog a massage with the Karypet massager. It is also a good idea to consult your vet for additional treatment options.
How Massage Decrease Aches and Pains
A study was done in the UK on the effect of massage therapy on canine pain relief and found that it reduces pain associated with a dog’s “gait, posture, behavioral and performance issues and reduction in daily activities.”
Through slow and careful massage, you can stimulate your dog’s blood flow, which increases the number of healing factors moving to the site of injury. Not only will it soothe pain, but it will also help your dog heal faster.
The Karypet Dog Massage Gun allows you to choose between different massage settings and massage heads to provide your dog with the most comfortable healing massage session while decreasing the pain they feel.
It is the perfect solution to massaging your dog at home without having to go to a physiotherapist.